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Bulldog history originates in England. The term Bulldog generally refers to the English version of the breed though there are also French and American Bulldogs. The original Bulldog, the Old English bulldog, was a large dog used to drive cattle. The English later bred these dogs to be aggressive and used them in gambling sports like bull baiting and dog fighting. When England passed the Cruelty to Animals Act of1849, bull baiting and dog fighting were banned and much of the population lost interest in the Bulldog.
In the 1800's, English Bulldog breeders began to breed toy versions of the Bulldog. These smaller versions were not popular in England and were subsequently exported to France. The French version of the Bulldog became so popular that French breeders renamed it the French Bulldog, or Frenchie. Many English people were offended due to the Bulldog being a traditionally English symbol. The French Bulldog remains a distinct breed today. It is smaller than the English Bulldog with bat-ears rather than rose-ears seen in English Bulldogs.
Bulldog breeders are knowledgeable about all three varieties of Bulldog. Every good Bulldog breeder can relate the history, temperament, behavioral issues, social needs and common genetic disorders of the various Bulldog breeds. French and English Bulldogs have similar issues due to their small size. Both are prone to breathing problems including a reverse sneeze in which moisture becomes trapped in the windpipe.
European versions of the Bulldog often have respiratory problems due to their small bodies, flat faces and Pug noses. These versions also need help giving birth, usually by c-section, as puppies' heads are too wide to be delivered naturally. The American Bulldog has a life expectancy of almost twice that of the European versions, but these larger dogs have their own set of behavioral, social and health issues.
Bulldogs buyers should approach Bulldog breeders with a list of questions. Good breeders will be able to provide extensive Bulldog information. Buyers should also expect Bulldog breeders to interview them to make sure they can adequately provide for Bulldog puppies.
A good Bulldog breeder has many traits. Whether specializing in American, French or English Bulldogs, breeders can provide extensive information on all breeds. Traits of a good Bulldog breeder are as follows: Breeders never sell puppies to pet stores, Breeders do not broker, ship, or barter puppies, breeders maintain adequate kennels in their homes, breeders allow buyers to visit the kennel, breeders give puppies house privileges.
Puppies are well socialized, parents are often kept on-site. Buyers can meet puppy parents if available, puppies and parents have been screened for common genetic disorders, breeders provide pertinent medical and immunization records, breeders discontinue breeding Bulldogs with known health or behavioral problems, breeders only have one litter available at a time, breeders offer warranties against health conditions, breeders either run or are affiliated with breed-specific rescue centers, breeders interview buyers to ensure a good match with a puppy, breeders are prepared to answer buyer questions, breeders are experts on Bulldog information.
Bulldog buyers have a responsibility to research both breed and breeder before buying a purebred Bulldog. It is important not to continue the cycle of puppy mill breeding. Buyers should report any breeder they suspect of mistreating animals. A good Bulldog breeder will do the same and will encourage buyers to look into rescued Bulldogs.
About the author: Bobby Callahan is a passionate lover of the Bulldog and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bulldog. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Bulldog Breeders Around The World plus a whole lot more.